Friday, August 14, 2015

Avoid Crowded Anchorages This Summer

Have you ever anxiously approached an anchorage wondering how crowded and busy it was going to be? Will it look like the beautifully secluded haven pictured on your cruising guide, or will it turn out to be every boater's nightmare with tens of noisy super-size yachts, reveling parties and loud music blaring all night? Perhaps even a cruise ship anchored right in the middle of it?

You can now check some real time vital statistics on the anchorage directly in many of the destination sQuiddio pages when you plan your next cruise. Thousands of checkins from boats large and small, including sailboats, recreational power boats and cruise ships are monitored every day to compile useful popularity stats in real time, and show key frequentation indicators in intuitive charts.

Add the rich selection of photos available in most pages, the famous sQuidd.io Pupularity Index, other user's comments and you can truly....get the picture!

Don't be surprised again! Make sQuidd.io your favorite cruise planning tool.

See the popularity stats on the top 100 cruising destinations

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Featured sQuiddio user: S/V Reboot

Our kudos and mos heartfelt thanks to Roger, advanced sQuiddio user and skipper of Sailing Yacht Reboot, a Catalina 42 Mark II. Roger has been one of the first users to deploy the embedded iframe in his blog, and has been sharing his thoughts and ideas with the sQuidd.io team for a while.

Nothing like the constructive feedback from an experienced sailor and IT professional like Roger to make sQuidd.io more helpful and fun.

Fair winds and happy sailing, Roger!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sharing your positions map on your blog

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Sometimes you may want people not currently in your sQuiddio follow list to be able to view your current position on a map.

If you manage a blog or web site there's a pretty easy way of doing that: include an HTML iframe in one of your pages that renders the same Google map you see in your sQuiddio Dashboard, updated to the most recent position.


Here's a step by step process on how to do that:
  1. Log in to sQuiddio
  2. Go to Preferences (in the right-hand side of the blue top bar)
  3. Select Make my position map available publicly. IMPORTANT: The iframe is not authenticated. Selecting this option will make your map available to any one who invokes the iframe. Make sure you really want your position to be known to the outside world (and not only to members of your sQuiddio follow list)
    Not enabling public iframe support will cause the message no public map for user to appear when you invoke the iframe
  4. Include the following iframe tag in your web page where you want the map displayed:
<iframe src="https://squidd.io/users/YOUR USER ID/embedded_map?size=SIZE&records=NUM_RECORDS" height="300px" width="900px" > </iframe>

where:

  • YOUR USER ID: the number shown in your Dashboard's url. For example, the user id in the url https://squidd.io/users/11212 is 11212
    Requesting a non existing user id will cause the message no user to appear when you invoke the iframe
  • SIZE: L for large (w: 910px h: 600px) and S for small (280 x 280 px), case sensitive. If you omit this parameter the iframe will render a small map.
  • NUM_RECORDS: the number of most recent position updates you want to show. If you omit this parameter the iframe will show your latest 30 positions.

For example, these are all valid ways of constructing your iframe tag:

<iframe src="https://squidd.io/users/11212/embedded_map?size=L&records=10" height="620px" width="940px"> </iframe>

<iframe src="https://squidd.io/users/11212/embedded_map?size=S" height="300px" width="300px" > </iframe>

<iframe src="https://squidd.io/users/11212/embedded_map?records=10" height="300px" width="300px" > </iframe>

<iframe src="https://squidd.io/users/11212/embedded_map" height="300px" width="300px" >" </iframe>


Remember to size your iframe (using the height and width attributes) depending on the map size you specify in your request, and use any of the other HTML5 options available for iframes for doing things like hiding the iframe border, setting a background color etc..

To find out how to share your position updates on sQuidd.io, using your SPOT Tracker, AIS transponder or satellite phone refer to our FAQ and this log post.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

sQuiddio OpenCPN plugin version 05 released

see full announcement on the OpenCPN Facebook page



Key new features in v05:

  1. Support for Mac OS X (yes!) 
  2. Select the type(s) of destinations displayed on a chart (for instance, you can choose to only display anchorages and docks)
  3.  Improves performance during Internet downloads through the use of process threading 
  4. Displays server status messages in the log-sharing status bar
    addresses some usability issues around the use of credentials for log-sharing
  5. With the new release, sQuiddio is also introducing AIS ‘Aids to Navigation’ (ATONs) as a new category of downloadable points of interest.

 Download the new version of the plugin here

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bigdumboat's great take on sQuidd.io

"sQuiddio is the ultimate resource for cruiser crowd sourced information. An amazing, dynamic knowledge base by cruisers for cruisers. Find marinas, fuel stops, and more right on your OpenCPN charts with sQuiddio's free plugin. "
http://bigdumboat.com/